Local Taliban officials in the northeastern Afghan province of Badakhshan said that as a result of an operation, they killed 38 members of the opposition, National Resistance Front (NRF), and arrested 78 others.
Following the reports of heavy clashes in Badakhshan and allegations of mass human rights violations, Moizuddin Ahmadi, the Taliban Director of Information and Culture for Badakhshan confirmed the operation over the last week and stated that 8 Taliban members are killed and wounded.
The Taliban official said that throughout these encounters, the opposition had sustained significant casualties. According to Ahmadi, 38 frontline NRF fighters were slain and 78 more were detained.
Conflicting accounts of the hostilities in Badakhshan have been released during the past few days. As the local media has been suspended and journalists have been threatened, there is still no verified information about the outcomes of the bloody armed clashes in Badakhshan.
According to several local media outlets which cited local informants, the Taliban had allegedly shot 8 prisoners of war in Badakhshan. Furthermore, according to sources, the Ansarullah armed group has assisted the Taliban in the confrontations in Badakhshan.
Although the Ahmad Massoud-led resistance front had previously declared significant Taliban losses, it has yet to respond to the Taliban’s claims.
As they attempt to put down the NRF armed resistance in the country’s north, the Taliban government in Afghanistan is being accused of extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations.